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A Day Late… Ebook Deals in Honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11th)

My sister always says I’ll be late to my own funeral. She’s probably right. I can picture it now, the hearse will have a flat, or the driver will be sleeping off a bender under the shade of an old oak tree 🙂

So I *technically* missed National Coming Out Day, but the good news is that the book promo organized by a fellow author to bring awareness to the event is running for several more days, so there’s still time to get some fantastic bargains of at least 50% off (and even some free books!) via Smashwords.

For those of you not familiar with Smashwords, the online book retailer has numerous formats available for customers who have everything from a Kindle to a Nook, and many others.
PROMO LINK: http://www.matthewgrantonline.com/comingoutdaypromo.html

New Book Feature & Review – Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti

The Book

Blurb:

Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns.

Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions.

With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married.

While battling her growing feelings for Drew and raising her two young children, Claire must learn to live with the knowledge that the truth behind Greg’s disappearance may never be revealed.

Review:

I’ve had this thought a few times in life, usually after someone disappoints me by not being the type of person I’d made them to out to be: How well can one person truly know another?  Unless you can read minds, you really have not one iota of an idea of what someone else is thinking or keeping from you at any given moment. So instead, we trust.

And sometimes that comes back to bite us in the arse.

For Claire, the main character in Thought I Knew You, that moment comes when her husband mysteriously disappears and she begins to find out things that she wishes she hadn’t about him and their marriage.

While the plotting was well-done and fresh, it was the frame work for Moretti’s masterful use of words to convey the flesh of the story. More than once I found myself nodding as I read a sentence, agreeing with myself that “that was a beautiful way to put that feeling into words.”

Fans of Jodi Picoult will like this novel, as well as people who tend to read Oprah book club selections or Anita Shreve. It also reminded me a little of  Richmond’s The Year of Fog (only in the style and tragedy-based plot).  This novel has that feel of being “more than a book” as it painstakingly slices open one woman’s life and examines what it’s like for everything to be derailed without a moment’s notice.

I also want to add that the title is perfect. I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t address Claire’s thoughts about herself post-derailment, just as much as it seems to be aimed at the betrayal by her husband. All in all though, this is a book I highly recommend!

Thought I Knew You is available at:

Amazon (ebook and paperback formats)

Barnes & Noble

QuirkyGurl Media is pleased to be a stop on the blog tour for the newly released novel Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti. For more tour locations, and to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for some fabulous prizes, please visit the publisher’s site at http://redadeptpublishing.com/knew-you-blog-tour/  🙂 Good luck!

On the Progress of KILL ME (new-ish novel), Prompted by a New Review

Our newest release, Kill Me (a paranormal semi-romance) is chugging along. It’s been out for three months and has steadily gained great reviews and fans that seem to be eager for the next book to come out. So that’s good, right?

Of course, I’m not patient by any means. I want it to climb faster, to spread quicker. But I have to take the time to remind myself that this writing thing is a marathon, not a sprint. The reach will extrapolate. The reviews will continue to come in. People will read it, possibly long after the author has expired.

With that said, how about a quick recap of Kill Me’s growth?

  • Kill Me has 7 good reviews on Amazon now, giving it a solid average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (One remarked that they would have given it 5 stars if not for the sexual content. To each his own… though I’m pretty sure that particular reader hasn’t ventured into 50 Shades of Gray, nor will they ever.)

  • Over on Goodreads, Kill Me has amassed 10 rating and has a 4.20 (out of 5 stars) rating. It is also sitting in the To-Be-Read shelves of 200+ potential readers.

  • Also on Goodreads, Kill Me has been added to over 30 of the popular Listopia compilations. For example, it’s currently #39 (out of 89) in the “Best Vampire Books from New Authors” list, #25 (out of 115) in the “Best Indie Fantasy Books Worth a Read” list, and #387 (out of 970) in the “Vampires, Werewolves and Witches, Oh My!” list.  All lists are linked to the Goodreads page, for the curious.

  • Kill me has been featured and/or reviewed on several websites (Full List can be seen here).

  • By utilizing Amazon’s Select free days, Kill Me has been downloaded for free by over 5,000 readers!

  • The Select term on Amazon expires in mid-July, at which point Kill Me will most likely be rolled out to Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, etc.

  • And lastly, Kill Me received another great review today– see below (which is the buoying I needed to make this here post to begin with!)

Kill Me by Alex Owens – Reviewed on Bending the Bookshelf

“It’s not your traditional, action-packed vampire tale, but it is one that’s full of conflict – emotional, psychological, and (at times) extremely physical. Fast, fun, and . . . dare I say it, empowering . . . this is a wonderful story and one that will leave you anxious for more. “

Read more here...

Well, that about does it for me tonight. Hope everyone has a great rest-of-the-week!

Flirting With Death by Heidi Hall – Book Review

I snagged a copy of this book when it was offered as a freebie last week (I think, my days run together fairly often) because the cover was cute and who wouldn’t want to read a chick-lit Assassin novel? I’ve also noticed the author Heidi Hall around on Kindle Boards and the like, and she’s a Doll. Besides, what did I have to lose? The book was free after all.


So glad I downloaded it. Flirting With Death has a fairly unique plot (at least I’ve never seen one like it) and the writing was concise, fun and even a tad snarky. I just love me a good dose of Snark!

Compelling supporting characters gave bad-girl-turned-good-girl Kayla a lot to keep her busy while she tries to figure out how to live a “normal” life, who exactly tried to kill her, and why that earned her a one-way ticket out of the CIA. In the middle of all that, Kayla finds some time to right a few local wrongs, even if it means turning her kitchen into a temporary kennel. Who says assassins can’t have a heart of gold,even if it’s a little tarnished?

Flirting with Death is no longer free, but at $3.99 it’s still a Fab bargain. And right now it’s also ranked in the Top 20 of multiple categories on Amazon- so clearly I’m not the only one who loved it!

Product Description from Amazon: Is there a twelve-step program for recovering assassins?

Kayla McKenna is a covert assassin—and she likes it. After her father was murdered by terrorists, she was consumed by the need for retribution. But landing her dream job as a CIA assassin turns out to be merely a stepping stone in her plot to avenge the heartaches of the past… and present. One botched mission earns Kayla a burn notice, a bullet hole and a one-way ticket back to suburbia. Banished to her childhood stomping grounds with a meddling, shopping-addicted mother intent on grandkids, three overprotective cop brothers, a sexy criminal who can’t decide whether he wants to shoot her or date her, and a new boyfriend even her family loves, Kayla may finally get the chance to find out what really matters in life.

That is, if living a “normal” life doesn’t kill her first.

With a delicious combination of mystery, suspense, romance, edgy chick-lit, and a dash of paranormal, the first installment of the new Assassins Anonymous series is a wickedly fun treat.

*This is a full length novel at 342 printed pages.

Character Sketches from Polyvore (Blood Chord Novel)

For lack of any serious drive to edit my forthcoming novel, Blood Chord, I decided to spend the evening in mindless Computer-dom. Enter wicked-kewl website Polyvore! I first noticed this site over on Shea MaCleod’s blog and then again the other day while hopping around the IWU Christmas Blog Hop, over on Christine’s site. Polyvore looked like the perfect way to waste away an evening, and I was right. Sort of.

Aside from the few hours I spent searching for the perfect inspirations for two of the main characters from my upcoming release Blood Chord, I discovered something interesting: I have a moderate boo-boo to correct in the novel. Confused yet?

I still am a little. You see, while compiling the polyvore board for one of my secondary characters, Bette, I discovered that I made her do something completely out of character towards the end of the novel. How did I figure that out, you might wonder? Well, I spent over an hour crafting Bette’s board and when I was done, I compared it to what I know of Bette in the novel to see if everything gelled. It didn’t.

Bette is sultry, seductive even without trying. She is controlled and coiffed. Bette is courtly, reserved. She is above flagrant dislays of emotions, especially in the presence of others. And I made her wig out- a complete scratch-your-eyes out hissy-fit. Bette would never do that. She’d rather take a stake to the chest, but that’s another topic altogether. So now I have to fix the gaffe, but I’m glad I discovered it sooner rather than later.

So I didn’t exactly waste my time tonight playing on Polyvore, now did I? On top of making my novel better in the long run, I’ve now discovered the first place I’m going to stop when creating new characters. It’s a perfect way to get to know the people inside my head that much better!

So what do you think of the Polyvore boards below?

Character Sketch - Bette's Style (Blood Chord Novel)
Character Sketch - Claire's Style (Blood Chord Novel)

Crossroads Road – Book Review

Crossroads Road: A NovelCrossroads Road: A Novel by Jeff Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine being offered brand-new house, free and clear, and two million dollars to boot, would you take it? Just to make things interesting, there’s a little catch. To get the money and the house, you have to move into a family-compound of sorts with a cast of crazy, egocentric, borderline-certifiable in=laws. So would you do it? More importantly, would you be able to hold on to your sanity if you did?

That’s the crux of this rip-roaring journey into the land of insanity. Add to that a controlling Matriarah, a four-hundred pound sister-in-law who throws herself downstairs for attention, a wealth of paranoia and two cerebral professors that can’t find their own way out of a paper box, and what you have is a side-splitting journey into a situation so absurd that it’s hard to believe somoene could just make this stuff up. Kay has done a fantastic job with this slightly-cynical, definately hysterical novel. Although I’m not a big fan of the cover art for this novel, the content more than redeems itself. I’ll be on the lookout for Kay’s next novel, in the event I require a STAT-dose of comedic relief!

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